Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school, students must undertake a Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) project. This experience of sustained and intensive work on a specific project is a core element of a student’s legal education. The content and format of the writing project may vary within a wide range. For example, a student may choose to examine a specific proposal for law reform, drawing on empirical research or materials from a field other than law. Alternatively, a student may choose to draw on his/her clinical experience to analyze a specific legal problem. Whatever the format, one of the central objectives of the project should assist students in developing superior writing skills. In accordance with the standard promulgated by the American Bar Association, the project must constitute a "rigorous writing experience." Students may satisfy the SAW requirement by completing a faculty supervised writing project undertaken for a minimum of two units that is certified by the supervising faculty member as satisfying the requirement of a rigorous writing experience. The writing project must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis. In general, the SAW requirement may be satisfied by a Law 340 or Law 341 independent research paper, a seminar paper, or a paper for other advanced courses. 

Below is a list of courses offered in 2013-14 where faculty have indicated the required papers might satisfy the SAW requirement. Please consult the individual faculty to verify that your work product in a given course will satisfy the requirement.


A. Friel

Advertising, Marketing and Promotions are the engines that drive consumer sales, and thus our current economy. Marketers are early adopters of digital media and disruptive technology and push the...

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J. Michaels

This course is about the rapidly growing and changing area of U.S. national security law, providing an overview of critical areas in the field. It is also a course about the balance of liberty and...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the present legal structure and operation of the world trade system, primarily through analysis of multilateral and regional trade treaties and associated law. Much of the course...

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P. Del Duca

This course explores the kinds of financial markets, intermediaries and instruments through which cross-border loan and securities transactions are accomplished, with attention to issues of...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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A. Winkler

This course examines selected theoretical topics in American constitutional law. While the contours of the course material vary from year to year, students can expect an in-depth study of one or...

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J. Oh E. Zolt

This seminar will examine several issues related to tax and society, including determining the role governments should play in providing goods and services and in using taxes to fund them. We will...

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K. Stone

Requirements: four brief response papers and one research paper This seminar will have three thematic parts. First, it will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and its...

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S. Hecht

This course will provide an intensive look at California’s approaches to several areas of environmental and natural resources law. California’s environmental regulatory systems raise important...

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S. Bainbridge G. Georgiev

It is widely believed that failures in corporate governance – the institutional structures, practices and legal rules through which corporations are governed – were among the key causes of the global...

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A. Heinrich A. Heinrich / A. Iancu D. Lichtman / A. Heinrich / A. Iancu A. Iancu

This seminar is designed to allow students to delve into current issues and controversies in patent law. The seminar will be co-taught by two partners from the law firm of Irell & Manella who...

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R. Sander R. Sander / J. Zasloff

This course will examine the past forty years of federal and state programs to stem urban decline and improve housing in the U.S. The course will compare and contrast a variety of legal and policy...

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J. Nanda

This course will systematically and creatively examine the juvenile justice system and the impact of various legal, social and political policies on at-risk youth -- with a focus on youth in Los...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings J. Nanda

This seminar is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students except by approval of the instructor....

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K. Waaldijk

Laws across the world are used and created to suppress or marginalize homosexual behaviour, same-sex relationships, lesbian and gay identities. International, national and subnational laws are also...

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N. Netanel N. Netanel / D. Nimmer

This seminar gives students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge scholarship in the areas of entertainment, media, and intellectual property. During the first part of the seminar, we will...

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D. Ginsburg

This seminar (taught in the Spring Semester) is primarily but not exclusively intended for students who have completed an unpaid entertainment industry internship the previous summer and who are...

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G. López

This Workshop aims to deepen and sharpen students’ capacity to produce high-quality legal analysis. To do so, the Workshop will require students on a daily basis to train in order to improve the...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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M. Greenberg S. Munzer S. Shiffrin

The Legal Theory Workshop brings leading scholars from around the country to discuss their works in progress with law students , graduate students in philosophy, and interested faculty. All the...

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M. Greenberg B. Herman / S. Shiffrin S. Shiffrin

This seminar explores selected topics in philosophy of law. Please see the individual descriptions for this semester for details on the topics to be discussed.

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A. Bâli

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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S. Biegel I. Perkins E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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J. Doherty

This seminar is designed as a follow-up to Law 279. This is a once-weekly seminar which will cover research design, data collection, and analysis. Students will continue to design and execute their...

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C. Horowitz

Global climate change is emerging as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. Climate change will pose profound challenges for our regulatory institutions, for...

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P. Goodman

This seminar focuses on the interface between two important subjects: law and popular culture. Before class, students will see a series of films or television shows relating to law, lawyers, and the...

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M. Kezirian C. Powers M. Kezirian / C. Powers

This course will examine the intersection of law, health and public policy as applied through medical-legal partnerships. An emerging national trend poised to expand under the implementation of...

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J. Dienstag

This course will examine the important trends in European political and constitutional theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that is, the political theory that was current and...

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M. Herzog

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement. ...

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R. Abel

The global recession has dramatically altered the job market for law graduates. During their careers, most lawyers change jobs several times. This seminar will introduce students to the rich...

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M. Golden-Krasner / A. Martinez

This course will cover the development, theories, and practice of environmental justice law, specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice. The...

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T. Spangler

Study of the structure, organization, documentation and operation of hedge funds and private equity funds. Focus will include the legal and regulatory issues that arise in connection with (i) the...

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F. Olsen

The seminar examines traditional legal theory from a feminist perspective and explores alternative feminist views of legal issues and standard jurisprudential quandaries. Admissions to this seminar...

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J. Kohli J. Kohli / V. Narro V. Narro

This course will give a brief overview of legal history and developments in labor and employment law pertinent to major issues impacting low wage workers. The class will focus on major organizing...

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The course explores problems of commodification. The central goals of the course are to explore what is—and what should be—for sale in the market, and to consider why a particular thing is or should...

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I. Perkins

This seminar addresses ongoing efforts by the United States and other governments and international entities to encourage legal reforms, reduce corruption, and promote the “rule of law” in developing...

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M. Roberts / M. Pollans

UCLA School of Law has recently established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. This new program, the first of its kind at a top tier law school, recognizes the important role of food law...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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A. Riley

This course examines issues legal issues integral to governance that Native American nations face in the 21st century, including those that impact and shape: political sovereignty, economic...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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R. Stone

This seminar will address theoretical questions about contract law. Topics will include: the relationship between contract and promise; contract remedies; economic analysis of contract law; contract...

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M. Small

This seminar will examine the President’s authority under the Constitution and the limits on presidential power. It will cover the following topics: theories of presidential power; the president's...

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C. Harris

This seminar will focus on race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate race discrimination and inequality. Preliminary focus will be on the location of race-conscious remedies within the existing...

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M. Carroll

This course will examine issues relevant to complex civil litigation, with a particular focus on questions of civil procedure as they relate to large-scale public interest lawsuits. Topics to be...

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F. Olsen

In recent decades, sex discrimination scholarship has moved beyond its initial focus on legal doctrine and constitutional arguments to develop a criticism of the legal system itself. This seminar...

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S. Dolovich

The 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is the constitutional provision that limits what the state can do to convicted criminal offenders as punishment. Substantive challenges to...

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R. Leo

This course is about the wrongful conviction and incarceration of the factually innocent in the American criminal justice system. We will examine how and why wrongful convictions occur, the sources...

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R. Sears

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest public health crises of the past three decades and has resulted in significant legislation and public policy geared toward both infected and affected...

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D. Binder / A. Moore

Are tax law, constitutional law & personal injury law in any way similar? This seminar explores why the answer is “Yes.” Many lawyers and law students fail to recognize that in every substantive...

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R. Steinberg

Students enrolled in the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo will help support and assess five interventions to assist villages that have suffered mass rape attacks in...

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R. Steinberg

This year-long clinic has elements of a clinic, a seminar, a law journal, and a long-distance externship. We will partner with the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court...

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L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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